Did you know Dr. Irwin Shwom has been the chief optometrist and owner of his optometric practice since 1980?!
There is nothing we appreciate more than all the support we have been getting over these past 25+ years in business!
When you shop this holiday season we always love to support our local vendors.
Here are some top things to consider when shopping this holiday season:
- Small businesses have special one of a kind customer service.
- Small businesses CREATE their own sense of community small businesses give back to YOUR LOCAL community!
- Small businesses make a GREAT economic impact.
- Small businesses have more flexibility for customization.
We hope that when you shop this holiday season, we hope you think of your local businesses like us! 🙂
Wishing you a fabulous holiday season!
Photo courtesy of Science Alert
Did you know that sunlight is made up of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet light?
“When combined, it becomes the white light we see. Each of these has a different energy and wavelength. Rays on the red end have longer wavelengths and less energy. On the other end, blue rays have shorter wavelengths and more energy. Light that looks white can have a large blue component, which can expose the eye to a higher amount of wavelength from the blue end of the spectrum.” PreventBlindness.com
Did you know Blue Light has Benefits?
Blue Light is NEEDED for our health! It helps cognitive function, alertness, memory and even your MOOD! A deficiency in blue light exposure can contribute to myopia/nearsightedness.
Too much Blue Light exposure can cause Digital Eye Strain and Retina Damage.
To reduce Blue light exposure come into our office ask us about getting a pair of glasses with Blue Light protection!
You also can reduce YOUR screen time on the TV/COMPUTER 😉
Have more questions? Give us a call: 617.387.1904
Halloween is for sure a fun time of year, dress up, makeup galore, creative costumes and so much MORE! Before you go over the top, there are some things to consider when it comes to your eye health!
Follow these Halloween Safety Tips:
1. Bring a Flashlight for Trick-or-Treating. It will make you more visible to drivers!!
2. Make sure your costume isn’t too long! Everyone likes a good trip but NOT, if it’s not intentional!
3. Always be careful with the makeup you are putting on your face and in contact around your eyes. You want to make sure you don’t get an allergic reaction or better yet an infection. Those are never fun. *Same goes with false eyelashes*
4. If you decide to use decorative contact lenses be sure that your optometrist evaluates the contacts for you prior to wearing them.
What do you do for Halloween?
We can’t wait to see your Halloween costumes!
Indulge With Eye Friendly Foods
First, Fall is officially “Pumpkin Season”. Believe it or not, pumpkin, apples, squash, pears and cauliflower have great nutrients for your eye health. They are FILLED with Vitamin’s A & C! Indulge your taste buds and let your eyes benefit while doing so!
It is STILL Sunglasses season
Just because it’s Fall, doesn’t mean it is time to put your sunglasses away! Sunglasses are great to protect you from airborne allergies and also from UV rays!
Prevent Dry Eye in the Cooler Weather!
With the Fall upon us, our eyes are prone to feel more dry than usual. We love Thera tears at Dr. Shwom. Grab them at your local drug store! They are a great, easy and preservative FREE resource to drop in daily to keep your eyes moist and less dry.
Have you made your latest eye doctor appointment? Call us today : (617) 387-1904
TOP 3 Summer Hydration TIPS during the summer HEAT WAVES!
The human body relies on water heavily to stay cool and function properly during these hot summer months. If you are not conscious about the fluid consumption it can also result in dry eyes.
MORE GREEN TEA. LESS COFFEE
It is so important to fuel your body with the right nutrients! Green tea has great antioxidants which help fight eyes against future eye problems including cataracts and AMD.
Too much coffee, dehydrates the body which then lacks the nutrients your body needs to fuel properly. This doesn’t mean to quit coffee, just try more green tea into your daily routine!
MORE SLEEP. LESS EYE STRAIN 🙂
When you are hydrated you also sleep better which prevents eye strain!
When you are out and about the rest of this summer, be more conscious of your daily fluids for better eye health 🙂
Live Your Life in Color This Summer
Looking for some of the newest COLOR trends in glasses for the summer?
Our fabulous client Mary was totally open to have our office manager, Mindy cover her whole experience looking for her NEXT amazing pair of glasses!
Mary is ALL about bright color frames, while matching her day to day outfits !
First UP FOR the day to day we had her try: Exces Blue top, Tort Bottom.
Second: We had Mary try Okki , direct from Italy!
Third: We had Mary try Ronit Furst
Then of course, Mary could not leave without finding a solid pair of SUNGLASSES!
Classic Marc Jacob’s topped it!
Mary had so many great choices she didn’t know what to choose to match her outfit so she took them off (hence the glasses case)!
We were so honored to capture Mary’s whole experience in Dr. Shwom’s office. She loves “living her life in color” and can’t wait to come back in and see what is new and different for NEXT season!
What was your favorite?
Are you ready to live your LIFE in color this summer?
Drum roll on the countdown to… SPRING BREAK!
It is ALSO for sure a great time for all of us at Dr.Shwom’s office to remind you to be cautious of when and how to wear your contact lenses so you can enjoy yourself!
The American Optometric Association *AOA* has created the perfect “Contact Lens Tool Kit” that we definitely wanted to share with our customers!
1st: Take your contact lenses out before going to sleep, no matter how late you are up (unless your eye care provider says otherwise).
2nd: Pack enough contact lens supplies and a spare pair of glasses
3rd: Never swim or shower in contact lenses
4th: Never “top off” solution, or add new solution to old solution in the case to store contact lenses
5th: Do not wear contact lenses without a prescription from an eye care provider – this includes decorative lenses sold at souvenir shops.
Have more questions? We are only a call away (617) 387-1904
The four different types of glasses should be considered!
Much more then a fashion accessory, you should also know that they are the FIRST line of defense for your sight against the UV rays of the sun!
Second: Sports Glasses
You also can incorporate different types of sunglasses for the outdoors!
Especially for sports like skiing! These goggles are types of glasses that are made with safety shields and eye guards made of stronger materials. They are great for ultimate impact resistance and durability!
Third: Reading Glasses
Did you know there is a normal vision progression called presbyopia? It means it is TIME for a an eye exam to possibly need a prescription for reading glasses!
This is when you get to the point in your life when you are squinting to make out the words on a daily occurrence!
Fourth: Computer Glasses
More and more we are becoming dependable on our digital devices for work, for play for most things in today’s world!
We are seeing more digital eye strain which include symptoms such as: blurred vision, dry and irritated eyes headache and light sensitivity! SO how can you prevent it?
More eye doctors are recommending to explore glasses with a blue light screening component! This screening component protects high energy visible blue light and UV radiation transmitted from the computer screens.
Ready to come check out our latest glasses just in?! Coach, Nike, Tory Burch and much more! Inquire with us: (617) 387-1904
Glaucoma is one of the most common eye diseases! It has affected nearly 3 million people of ages 40 and older, according to the Prevent Blindness report. “Additionally, the numbers are estimated to increase by nearly 50 percent to 4.3 million by 2032”.
Someone who gets glaucoma can have good central vision as it is known to affect your peripheral vision first.
January has been given Glaucoma awareness month to help educate the public on this disease including treatments and precautions.
Glaucoma is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” . Vision changes can occur gradually without pain and can develop in one or both eyes.
With our help and on track eye appointments, glaucoma can be slowed with early diagnosis and treatment. Talk with us today to find out if you are more likely at risk, have been diagnosed and or what the right treatment options are for you!
Dr. Shwom recently lectured at the American Academy Optometry National Conference in San Antonio, TX. This is the premier educational conference for the profession. The conference is held every year throughout the United States. This years conference was held in San Antonio. The premier attraction of that city was the ALAMO!
At the conference, Dr. Shwom gave two workshops for the doctors. One on Dry Eye, a common ill of many people today. Dry eye affects a number of people. The workshop discussed different remedies and solutions to this common problem that the doctor’s can implement.
The second workshop was on Foreign Body Removal. During this time of year as well as in the Spring, people are outside working on the yards. They are more likely to get dirt, twigs, leaves, dust and debre from working outside. The workshop that Dr. Shwom gave elaborated on how the doctor’s can handle the removal and treatment of these foreign bodies.
Next years meeting will be help in Orlando, Florida, home of Disney world!
Who is excited for the holidays! We ARE!